This is the ax I've waited my whole life to play. It's a great instrument right out of the box, but I will be adding modifications to it as time passes. I am enjoying playing it as is at the moment, but know I will want more punch out of my pick ups than these will ever give me. Experimentation is key, and in time, I will know what I am looking for when I hear it/them. In the meantime, I will enjoy her extra smooth neck and fretboard as is while I explore the tonal possibilities this gem will undoubtedly provide. I'm new to playing again, and can't wait to see what she and I can come up with. I'm no pro, I just love to play the blues and some hard rock and have always wanted a strat, glad I finally found her.
I love this thing. The action is perfect, which isn't always the case with Fenders. The stock pickups were pretty good, but I installed two Gibson '59s in it instead since most of my other guitars have humbuckers, and I like the sound better.
Once you learn how to use a strat, it is easily the most versatile guitar for the money. I have two strats that I have modded to high heavens and back. This one has an olympic white American body, American single coil pups with bridge plate, upgraded CTS pots and wiring, mim 60th anniversary rosewood neck, D'Addario locking tuners.